Edema could mean several things. Heart, Kidneys, blood clots etc.
My cardiologist and rhuemy said when I had edema it needs to get checked as soon as possible. It really isnt something that should be ignored.
Hi Barb - I agree with everyone, edema is always worth a visit to your doctor, it can be a signal of something serious.
I had really uncomfortable edema with a prior flare and found that the only thing that really helped (besides diuretics) was elevating my legs - I'd lie on the floor on my back, with my calves resting on the seat of a chair. Looked ridiculous, but it did help ease the swelling a bit.
I've also tried to reduce the amount of salt in my diet - lupus aside, it's never a bad idea to keep an eye on one's sodium intake.
Thanks for your quick response. I guess I didn't know edema was such a big deal. I have had it off and on for approx 20 years in my hands and from the waist down, but no physician or specialist has been concerned about it so I didn't think it was that important. It has gotten really bad over recent weeks though and yesterday it was unusually painful. I have done the elevating of legs and feet for the 20 years I've had edema and it helps immensely. Usually, within minutes, the problem is relieved --- the longer I'm able to lie down the more fluid I'm able to get rid of but having to lie down so much is a burden on me as well as others. I also watch my salt intake, have my entire life, so I don't think salt is the problem except when I make a conscious decision to eat something salty knowing I will have to pay the consequences. If it keeps up, I'll notify my physicians.
I had the same problem with my legs and feet. Then my tummy felt like it was going to burst I was on 20mg waterpills didnt know there were stronger ones you could take. I dont want to scare you now, but I ended up with right heart failure ended up 5days in A & E to get the fluid off me came home on 120mg waterpills.
Had ( 9 killograms-- 19-20lbs) of water taken off me and when home I was still losing 1kilo every day so down to 80 for a week. I weigh myself 2x a week now and if I start getting swollen feet get checked at the GPS so please take care .
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